Neighborhoods and communities across the country are becoming more diverse. The United States Census projects that minority populations in the United States will surpass the white majority by the year 2044. With minority populations growing, why don't we see them in the news more often?
Journalism is a profession under siege. The profession is predominately made up of whites, which brings about skepticism from minority groups. Only 25 percent of African-Americans and 33 percent of hispanics believe that the media accurately portrays their communities, according to a study conducted in 2014.
They don't believe their communities are accurately portrayed because members of their community do not hold positions to tell the stories for them. It makes sense, how could a middle aged white man truly know what the important and pressing issues that face today's black communities? He can't. He has no experience or insight to accurately do so.
The media should reflect the public opinion and image. If the public is growing more diverse then newsrooms should follow suit. "Media diversity is not some type of progressive ideal. It's a journalistic imperative for any outlet devoted to fairness and accuracy in it's coverage." Wesley Lowery said.
"If you're a news organization that wants comprehensive coverage, you need a newsroom full of different types of people who are going to hit it off with different types of people, build different types of sources and find and tell different types of stories. That's the way it works." Lowery added.
Having individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and demographics would undoubtedly aid the journalistic quest for truth and accuracy. White America is a far different place than black of hispanic America. A white man can't tell you what it is like to be followed throughout a department store, because he likely has not experienced it. The differences of our race, ethnicity, and cultures can come together in collaboration with one another and give us a new wider and more accurate perspective of the stories that unfold in front of us.
We are beginning to see more people of color working in newsrooms across the country. Ohio University's own, Wesley Lowery is making a name for himself in the business. He currently is a reporter at The Washington Post covering law enforcement and justice.